Huge temp files...

November 18, 2005 at 01:15:26
Specs: WinXP Home, P4/512

A friend's computer is generating huge temp files, on the order of 30-40 GB's (yes, Gb's!). I looked at it a few months back, found the temp files (in C:\Windows\Temp, I believe) and deleted them, but the problem is recurring at this point. She's got a 75 GB harddrive, only uses 10 Gb or so, but when this thing gets going, her free space drops from 60+ GB's tp 10-20 GB's. These are big files.

She called last night and I had her search for, then delete, any .tmp files. She found them in the Windows\Temp directory and she was unable to delete a couple of them, the message being that the files were locked or in use. I then had her download Crap Cleaner (ccleaner.exe) and it did the job from safe mode...temporarily. She called a few hours later with same problem again.

Whatever is going on is slowing her computer to the point where she can't use it. She says it started with printing some graphic files last time I was out there. She now informs me this latest round started with downloading some pics and movies from her Nikon digital cam. I shook the thing down for spyware & virii when I was out there before and that was not a problem.

Don't know what to do except check the running processes. Could this be hardware related? Any input appreciated.

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November 18, 2005 at 01:58:45

Check to see if there are any print jobs pending.

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November 18, 2005 at 03:11:00

Does your friend's computer crushes often? If so, than i think those huge files are "Dump" files created by Windows, after everytime PC crushes. Check if under startup items "dumprep 0-K" is listed, if it is, disable it and reboot and try deleting those files, which you werent unable to delete.

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November 18, 2005 at 06:19:17

Yes, she's got two jobs pending. Says she can't delete them, it would take an act of God. I'm going to have here delete them from Safe Mode when she gets back this afternoon.

Her printer is an HP T45 OfficeJet, fwiw.

Any ideas appreciated.

p.s.--I'll have her check for any .dmp files.

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November 18, 2005 at 06:31:21

Since there are print jobs in Queue, restart the Print Sppoler from Administrative Tools-Services.

Also, check in Event Viewer if there are any warnings/errors that look fishy.

And by the way, believe me or not, since its a WinXP machine, i would RECOMMEND a Windows Update.

Lemme know if this helped...


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November 18, 2005 at 07:40:56

Will do, Anuj...

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November 18, 2005 at 13:02:44

Ok, I'm back...

My friend says when she came back and turned the computer on this afternoon, the printer started kicking out print jobs and her free space was normal (about 65 GB's). In the hour or so it has been running, her free space has dropped by 4 GB's. I had her restart the print spooler service. Then I had her run crap cleaner again, which freed up 4+ GB's of space.

Think the next thing I'll have her do is unhook her printer for awhile and see if it does the same.

Would this be a printer glitch? When I was out there a few months back, I checked her printer driver and it was current.

Not out of the woods yet.

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